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How to raise a child

  • Author:Lydia
  • Source:original
  • Release on:2014-08-08

Many parents focus attention on their children’s grades and extracurricular activities, such as by making sure kids study, do their homework, and get to soccer practice or dance lessons prepared and on time. But all too often, we forget to put time and effort into nurturing another component of child success and development -- one that is just as important, and perhaps even more essential, than good grades, awards, and trophies -- being a good person.

In today’s “me, me, me” and “I’ve gotta have it now” society, it can be easy to forget the importance of countering these pervasive messages of instant gratification, consumerism, and selfishness. If we want to raise children who are pleasant company and genuinely nice people, we can help guide our kids toward habits and behaviors that promote positive character traits like kindness, generosity, and empathy for those who are less advantaged or who need help.

As C. S. Lewis famously said, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” How can we raise a good child, one who will do the right thing, even when no one may see them do it, and when there may be no reward? While there is no guaranteed formula (if only!), here are some ways parents can build good character and help their child grow into a good person.